Maisto Muscle Machines 1958 Chevy Impala

When I was a kid, I really enjoyed the magazine CARtoons. Produced by Petersen Publishing between 1959 and 1991, the magazine featured art by talented illustrators such as Pete Millar, George Trosley, Dave Deal and many others. The cars in the magazine were like caricatures, with exaggerated features, monstrous blown engines and impossibly fat tires.

The Muscle Machines series continues the spirit of those CARtoons cars. Muscle Machines were created in 1999 as a collaboration between 3-D artist Bruce Schultz and the Australian illustrator Rohan Day, whose art is featured on a trading card that comes with each model. Muscle Machines were eventually acquired by Maisto in 2012.

Curiously, even thought this black and orange 1958 Chevy Impala is a 2012 release, I found it few weeks ago on the pegs of a Walmart store.

img_4518 img_45192012 Release 12.3 1958 Chevy Impala black/orange

I have two other Muscle Machines 1958 Impalas from before the company was bought by Maisto. This white and brown model from 2007 is contained in a unique package with a window on the back that allows you to see the detail on the bottom of the car.

img_4679img_5294img_46822007 Series 2 1958 Chevy Impala white/brown

My other Muscle Machines 1958 Impala is a silver and blue version that dates back to 2004, when I was still liberating my cars from their packaging. The collector card that came with it (shown below) has identical art on both the front and the back side.

img_4909 img_49102004 RC 04-17 1958 Chevy Impala silver/blue

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About marcboz

Marc Bosworth is an artist who teaches printmaking and works as an art director. He lives in a 100-year-old bungalow in Wichita with his lovely wife and their young ninja son.
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